Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
Review: Ruffneck Ting let rip into 2018 with the launch of a brand new V/A album The Xtraordinary League Of Jungles 2. As with the previous collection, the album will be a roadblock of stone cold jungle lash-outs and these are the first five tracks to tease us. "Erbman" is all about the warm bassline bounce and strange sci-fi flutters. Kenji goes in on a T>I style stripped back steppy vibe on "I Would" while K Jay gives us not one but two dope collaborations... The wobbled out "Kerplunk" with Verdikt and the rocked-out face-slapper "Rock With Me". Finally the label bosses Dazee and Substance's 1997 tear-up "LF Ant" gets a razor-sharp 21-year update from Genetix & Habitat. Ruffneck ting; heads of the herd for almost 25 years.
Review: Euphonique has absolutely smashed this one. She's here with this four-track release packing all the creativity and attitude that we've come to expect. The first tune is vintage Euphonique, with an urban vocal and a stuttering array of jungle breaks that piece together into a really creative bit of music. The others are all pure rollers, with that Souped Up or KoTR vibe, and our favorite is probably 'Baddest Gal', just because that bassline is far too gully for us not to be into it. Big ups.
DJ Phlex & Bassface Sascha - "New Dawn" - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Junglist superheroes Ruffneck Ting return with the second sampler from their extraordinary new edition to their on-point album series. As always it's pure foundation business with some exceptional examples of contemporary roughage and choppage. Genetix twists up a fat riff and prods it from every corner on "Something's Brewing", Bristol OGs and label founders Substance & Dazee get serious busy with a shattering dubbed out roller while Jinx & The Force get deep, dark and dangerous with a purring, deep-breath bass that suddenly rises from nowhere in a techno-informed style. Need a little vocal pressure? Jump on Bassface Sascha and Phlex's "New Dawn" and trust us, you'll be feeling good...
Review: Let Ruffneck Ting present you with all the junglism you need right now to have yourself the first big weekend of the summer. Expect more than a jump up rampage, this LP has a dose of all the good stuff ready and waiting, from the old school majestics of "Inside Out" to the wile out jungle of Jinx's "Killing Vibes" and "Do you Love". It's a varied collection of tracks ranging from the sublime to the downright dutty and to be honest, there's not much else you need in the world, is there? Turn it up, snap open a can and get shufflin.
Review: High energy sounds from some of the best in the business with Ruffneck ting do us all a massive solid by bringing out the big guns on this one. With Jinx heading up proceedings with "Classic" remixed by the one and only Saxxon who delivers a blaze of bass driven fury. Aries and Kelvin 373 bring the hard stomping beats with their remix of K Jah's "Superclash and check out Jaybee's stunning remix of "Inside Out". Freesssh.
Review: Brummie bass-whipper goes on a co-lab crusade for his latest Ruffneck Ting EP. "Get Busier" sets the tone with syrupy bass that oozes and stretches over his robust drum work. A triptych of tag-team jams ensues: Vytol takes K Jah to deeper corners of the dance with a stripped back stepper that's reminiscent of Break or perhaps S.P.Y's early material, Ruffneck Ting queen Dazee adds a little bounce with the Urban Takeover-style "Dig This" before Jinx joins the fray for the heaviest hitter of the collection: "We're Rolling" sums up K Jah, Jink and Ruffneck Ting's spirit with a ballsy, scuffy Moving Fusion-flavoured dynamic that wouldn't have gone amiss in 1998. Powerful.
Review: Ruffneck Ting ante-up with the first volume of the Xtraordinary League Of Junglists album. A family affair with tag-teams galore, the Bristol murk merchants divide and conquer on every cut; The Force & Verdikt get mucky with a big bassline jump-up, Jinx & Aries build an mischievous Q&A a la DJ Die or Roni 20 years ago while Jinx & Dazee play a game of Asteroids inside our minds with the sci-fi bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Moving Fusion set 15 years ago. K Jah & Vytol wind up the dispatch with a clunkier iron age riff and a dizzying array of basses. Xtraordinary indeed... Bring on volume two!
Substance - "Belong To The Night" (feat Susie Ledge - Dazee remix) - (4:53) 175 BPM
Review: Level up! Not content with flinging out one 15 track jungle arsenal this season, Dazee's Ruffneck Ting power up with another hench collection less than a month later. Serious business as always, vibes fire fast and loose from the moment Jinx & The Force welcome us to the new echelon on "Next Level" with a classic sample subversion to the very last shimmering echoes Dazee's remix of Substance "Belong To The Night". Highlights include Jinx's grumpy grumbling subs on "Sound Killer", Verdikt's springy jungle roller shakedown "Party People" and The Force's alien landing serenade "Article 50". Another level.
Review: It would seem that the team at Ruffneck Ting have pulled out all the stocks here as they put together their 'The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists 2 (Level 1)' compilation, collecting up fifteen original dynamite sticks as they do so. The line-up contains a collection of high profile drums specialists, including DJ Hybrid, Erbman, Jinx, Bass Antics, Genetix and a host more. For us the highlights of this quite frankly super stacked project include Lion UK's dubwise roller in 'Hova Nova', alongside Flat T's scatty driver 'The Dragon' and Verdikt's super subby outing on 'Enemies'.
Review: Make no mistakes: Ruffneck Ting are smashing it on a whole new level this year! Bombarding the game with beat after beat, barely a month has gone by with a Ruffneck roll-out session. The Xtraordinary League Of Junglists takes this proliferation to a whole new level with 20 killer cuts from some of the label's firmest friends and family. Every cut is a highlight but you'd be off your nut not to check the clinically obese classical mid-90s jump up bass of "War", the sprung-out Bingo bounces of "All 2 Myself", the piano-slapping feel good rave workout "All Through The Night" or the dubbed-out trickery of "Hazey Dub". Need we go on? Ruffneck Ting have been on this ting since dot and they're rolling out some of their finest right here. Essential.
Review: Ruffing up your lugholes as we stride into the bleakest of winters, Dazee's long-running Bristol imprint Ruffneck Ting deliver the first part of Verdikt's debut album 'Redy Fe Dem'. A mainstay on the label for the last five years, his rude, warm sound is the perfect fit; dark West Country rollage with samples and flavours from across the board. Each cut will have you reaching for the 'save for when the raves come back' folder. From the jet engine bass drones of the 97-flavoured 'Bust 45' to the dusty jazz and dulcet charms of Collette Warren on 'Wrong' (with Dazee) via the soothing rave pads and gutter-chomping bassline of 'Headbanger' (with Dissonant) and trippy bass wonkiness of 'Let Off', there's a stripped back consistency running through the whole collection which sets us up nicely for the imminent second part...
Review: Ruffneck Ting have really outdone themselves with this one and it's courtsy of Verdikt, who, across four tunes, seriously rolls things out. It's the sampler for a forthcoming longer project and the standout tune is 'Wrong', featuring Dazee andd Collette Warren, the latter of whom smashes the vocal work as per usual, injecting that little something extra into a tune already thriving on its diet of wide snare hits and wibbly wobbly sub bass. 'Ya Ya' is a unique which reminds us of Bungle's 'Coccooned' with its repitition and relentlessness, except the bass in question isn't a constant note but another superbly wobbly sub bass. The others are equally stripped back, and we really love the barebones approach being taken here.